Creative casting ideas expressed on the Guestbook
you will find no suggestions for film remakes,
and if you are looking for characters based on novels, look here instead.
list is limited to historical characters and roles in plays or as-yet-unmade
In alphabetical order by name of role
(because, gosh, I just can't help myself)
that having been said ,
what if Alan played…
Akhenaten, the Sun Pharaoh?
from the Daily Telegraph comic strip?
Russell Taylor, one of the creators of a play based on the strip says, “I am really looking for a young Alan Rickman….A posh and obnoxious young man in his 30s.”
(Daily Telegraph, 11-17-04)
Mr. Applegate (that devilish fellow) in Damn Yankees?
Cyrano de Bergerac?
Lorenzo da Ponte?
Da Ponte was Italian poet who wrote the libretti for three of Mozart’s most famous operas. Was also a Jewish Catholic priest with a wife and children. Sounds like a great role for anybody.
John Donne? (he has already had practice giving sermons)
Dracula? (or any vampire, for that matter)
Sir Francis Drake? (knighthood at last!)
Eeyore?????? (voice only, of course)
On second thought, hasn't he already played this role in space, renamed "Marvin"?
Fagan in the musical Oliver?
Faustus? (Marlowe’s, or anybody's)
Fortunato in the Edgar Allen Poe story, The Cask of Amontilldo?
Steven Kodaly in Little Shop Around the Corner?
Merlin ? (Okay, he's already played a wizard--but this is different! )
Oliver Mellors, the Gameskeeper in Lady Chatterley’s Lover?
Magwitch from Great Expectations?
Moriarty? (after all, he’s already played Holmes…)
Professor James Murray?
Prof. Murray was the editor of the Oxford English Dictonary who was most recently portrayed in Simon Winchester's bestselling book, The Professor and the Madman (Perennial Press, 1999). AR could actually play both the Professor, and the “Madman,” Dr. W. C. Minor, since they are described as eerily resembling one another.
Pontius Pilate? (or any Roman, for that matter! How about an emperor?)
This is the butcher-turned-ballroom dancer in Allan Knee’s play, Syncopation.
Scrooge? (this should be familiar ground, having called off Christmas once before)
Benedick?Torvald in Ibsen’s A Doll’s House?
Duke? (Measure for Measure)
Leontes? (A Winter's Tale)
Petruchio? (Taming of the Shrew)
Richard III? (wait—hasn’t Alex Dane already done this?)
that the Everly Brothers I hear singing? (Dreeeeeam....dream, dream,